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Christmas Novel Addresses PTSD and Attachment Disorder 
Encourages Readers to Look for Opportunities to Help the Hurting

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Meredith Dunn

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)September 22, 2015—New Hope® Publishers is pleased to announce the October 2015 release of Return to Christmas by Kathi Macias. While fictitious, Return to Christmas will open your eyes to a world of ministry opportunities. Part of New Hope’s missional fiction line, Return to Christmasfocuses on veterans and children who suffer from disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disorder. Award-winning author Kathi Macias blends these relationships and invites readers to look for ministry opportunities to these often overlooked groups.

Chet Mason is a Marine. Now deployed and home with his family, he faces new battles of life back home. He doesn’t need help. He needs employment. His friends have adopted a little three-year old boy with serious issues. But, there is something about that little boy that resonates with tough-Marine Chet, though he can’t quite put his finger on it. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his soldier heart or will he forever slip into a dark spiraling depression? 

“Weaving current issues into riveting fiction is Kathi Macias’s forte. In Return to Christmas, a young military family struggles to adjust to civilian life after Chet Mason returns from Afghanistan to battle unexpected enemies—unemployment and PTSD. If this marriage survives, it will need a miracle. It’s an encouraging story of love, hope, and rekindled faith.”—Dianne Barker, speaker, radio host, and author of I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! 

Thanks, Kathi Macias. Once again you have stirred my heart and lifted me into the presence of the Lord. Return to Christmas, a story of persevering love, undeserved forgiveness, and the faith of a child, will give readers a full measure of that hope that Christmas is made of.”—Anne Baxter Campbell, author of The Truth Trilogy

“Through the struggle of Chet and Jeneen, we see the heartache of PTSD, and through the pain of Steve and Breanna, we experience the challenge of their son’s child attachment disorder. We fall in love with these characters and cheer them on to victory as they learn to trust God more and more.”—Kathy Collard Miller, speaker and author of 50 books, including Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today.

Multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias’s more than 40 books include the “Quilt” series, “Freedom” series, and the award-winning “Extreme Devotion” novels for New Hope® Publishers. Her devotionals reach hundreds of thousands—through the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and The Excellence in Media Angel Award, San Diego Christian Writers Guild fiction awards, Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (Red Ink), Carol Award finalist (Red Ink), 2011 Author of the Year for, and an international writing contest grand prize are some of her credits. A popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, churches, and TV and radio programs, Kathi also loves outreach to prison and homeless ministries, and praying for and aiding the persecuted church globally. A mother and grandmother, Kathi lives with husband, Al, in California.

The mission of New Hope® Publishers is to provide books that challenge readers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God. New Hope Publishers is the general trade publishing division for WMU®, a missions auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention. New Hope Publishers is a member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).